What’s the latest?
While Pfizer awaits Health Canada’s approval of its COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11, Ottawa Public Health says it will be able to vaccinate all children in that age group within four weeks of receiving the green light. .
Parents will be able to book appointments through the provincial booking system. Options will include schools and clinics with extended opening hours to let families get together.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé will give a pandemic update at 13.00 ET together with Daniel Paré, the person in charge of the province’s vaccination campaign.
How many cases are there?
As of Monday, Ottawa has a total of 30,883 cases of COVID-19. There are 197 known active cases, 30,083 cases are considered resolved, and 603 people have died from the disease.
Public health officials have reported more than 57,100 COVID-19 cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 55,600 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 220 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.
Akwesasne has had more than 1,000 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and has reported 12 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg has had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had 20 cases and one death. Pikwakanagan have not had any cases.
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What are the rules?
The province’s vaccine passport is required for persons of a legitimate vaccine age in many settings. People can show paper, PDF or QR code proofs.
There are no capacity constraints for most places that require proof of vaccination or outdoor organized events. The plan is to repeal public health measures in stages, with the next in mid-November and the last in late March 2022.
Private assembly boundaries are 25 people inside and 100 people outside.
According to its green zone rules, 10 people are allowed to gather in private homes and 20 people outdoors – which rises to 50 if they play sports.
There are no capacity restrictions for venues in Quebec with allocated seats and now restaurants.
The prime minister says the state of emergency pandemic, which gives the government special powers, will be lifted once children aged five to 11 are vaccinated.
A vaccine passport is in place for most people from the age of 13 and up in many public spaces.
Quebecers can use an app or show paperwork; people from out of the province must show proof of paper. The province has a registration for use outside the province.
Other groups in the region are also coming out with their own COVID-19 vaccine policies, including for staff.
What can I do?
COVID-19 is spread primarily through droplets that can hang in the air.
People can be infected without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine. Variants of concern are more contagious and established.
This means that it is important to take precautions now and in the future, such as staying home while you are sick – and getting help for the cost, if necessary – to keep your hands and surfaces clean and consider distancing yourself from everyone, you do not live with.
Masks, preferably those that sit tight and have three layers, are mandatory in indoor public environments in Ontario and Quebec and are recommended in crowded outdoor areas.
Health Canada recommends that older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should isolate themselves, just like those who have been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length of self-isolation may vary in Quebec and Ontario and by vaccination status.
Vaccines slow down the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way towards avoiding deaths and hospitalizations without offering total protection.
There is federal guidance on what vaccinated people can do in different situations.
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Travelers must now be fully vaccinated to board a plane, train or naval vessel in Canada. Partially vaccinated travelers can present proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test until November 29th.
Fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved individuals can come to Canada.
The United States will require all travelers to be fully vaccinated by Monday. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is “very confident” that countries around the world will accept Canadians’ provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been considered safe and approved in Canada.
The two most common are approved for young people as young as 12. Trial data are reviewed for the first shot for younger children, and the health authorities are well on their way to developing plans for whether they will be approved.
Canada’s vaccine task force says people can wait three to 16 weeks between the first and second doses, and mixing the first and second doses is safe and effective.
Ontario and Quebec give certain groups third doses. Ontario says it will have a third dose update this week.
More than 3.6 million COVID-19 first, second and third vaccine doses have been administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has about 2.3 million inhabitants.
Ontario is vaccinating everyone who turns 12 or older by 2021.
People can search for provincial appointments online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900. Pharmacies and some GPs offer vaccines through their own booking systems.
Local health units have flexibility, including for booking and third shots, so check their websites for details.
They offer doses at short notice as campaigns appear to fill gaps in vaccine coverage.
The province has recommended people aged 18 to 24 to get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Comirnaty vaccine because the Moderna or Spikevax vaccine carries a mild risk of a rare heart disease.
Anyone aged 12 and over can book an appointment or visit a fixed or mobile clinic.
Symptoms and tests
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection with common symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, vomiting and loss of taste or smell.
Children tend to have upset stomachs and / or rashes.
Call 911 if you have severe symptoms.
Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help.
In Eastern Ontario:
Anyone applying for a COVID-19 test can book an appointment. Ask your healthcare provider for clinic locations and opening hours.
Ontario says to be tested only if you meet certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure, or a specific job.
People without symptoms but who are part of the province’s targeted testing strategy can book appointments at selected pharmacies.
Quick and home tests are available in some locations, including some childcare options, when the risk is high. Travelers who need a test have a few local options to pay for one.
In western Quebec:
Tests are highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
People can make an appointment or see what their walk-in options are online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 with questions.
Rapid COVID-19 tests are available in all Quebec preschools and elementary schools.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people or anyone traveling to work in a remote indigenous community are eligible for a test in Ontario.
Akwesasne has COVID-19 test and vaccine clinics, with information online or at 613-575-2341.
People in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg can call the health center at 819-449-5593 to get a test or vaccine; e-mail is another option for vaccine booking.
Tests are available in Pikwakanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines, at 613-625-2259 extension 225 or by email. Anyone in Tyendinaga whoever is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and should see the website for dedicated vaccine clinics.
Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing and vaccines, at Inuktitut or English on weekdays.